[Update: Launch date confirmed]Honda will launch its Amaze compact sedan on April 16th 9 [Update: April 11th], says Autocar India citing sources. While Honda dealerships in many parts of the country have already started accepting bookings, the automaker has still not let out the official word about the launch date.
The Amaze compact sedan will be the Japanese carmaker's first diesel model in India and hopes to take the Indian entry level sedan market by storm. The Amaze is based on Honda's Brio small car, which itself has been doing well, with the car's compact but modern design appealing to car buyers. It remains to be seen how consumers take to the sedan version of the Brio, considering the Amaze looks slightly different, with a redesigned lower front grille and fog lamps.
Naturally, the Amaze is a lot more spacious on the inside, even in comparison to its chief rival, Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire. Finally, it will come down to how competitive Honda manages to price the Amaze.
Honda Amaze will come with a 1.5 liter diesel engine and the 1.2 liter petrol unit that also powers the Brio. Considering the recent tax hike for cars with 1500cc engines and larger, the Amaze diesel could be slightly more expensive than previously assumed. Nevertheless, our informed guess is that Honda has the opportunity to lead the market from the front with the Amaze.